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offence

see CRIME.

OFFENCE, crimes. The doing that which a penal law forbids to be done, or omitting to do what it commands; in this sense it is nearly synonymous with crime. (q.v.) In a more confined sense, it may be considered as having the same meaning with misdemeanor, (q.v.) but it differs from it in this, that it is not indictable, but punishable summarily by the forfeiture of a penalty. 1 Chit. Prac. 14.

References in classic literature ?
``if it be an offence to deceive my prince for his own advantage.
It wanted but this to fill the measure of his offences. With execrations not loud but deep I left him to live or die as he could, well satisfied that I had done my duty in attempting to save him - but forgetting how I had erred in bringing him into such a condition, and how insultingly my after-services had been offered - and sullenly prepared to meet the consequences if he should choose to say I had attempted to murder him - which I thought not unlikely, as it seemed probable he was actuated by such spiteful motives in so perseveringly refusing my assistance.
Amjad Hussain, 37, faced an offence of indecent assault jointly charged with Hussain, and an offence of indecent assault on March 28, 2002.
Year-on-year decreases were recorded across all offence groups except: | Robbery, which increased by 15% to 2,355 offences, having fallen in each of the previous three years; | Public order offences, which had previously seen falls in each of the last 10 years, but increased by 9% to 5,248; and | Drugs offences, which rose by 2% to nearly 6,000, after having previously seen long-term falls.
A couple accused of stealing over e1/4300,000 from safety deposit boxes at two banks were acquitted on Tuesday after the Larnaca criminal court decided that the single money laundering charge they faced lacked specificity and did not reveal a criminal offence.
WARWICKSHIRE comes in at number three on a list of the worst driving offence hotspots in the UK.
The neighbouring West Midlands region, which includesCoventry, fared much better in the rankings managing to keep out of the top 10 for each type of offence.
Autumn 2016 saw the HMRC publish an updated draft on the guidance for the new corporate criminal offence of failing to prevent the criminal facilitation of tax evasion.
In other examples a burglar was not given a custodial sentence in 2015, despite 28 previous burglary offences and 56 total previous convictions, making them the most prolific burglar in the region to avoid jail for an offence last year.
He is charged with three offences of fraud by abuse of position, three offences of false accounting, two offences of obtaining a money transfer by deception, and one offence of fraud by false representation.
Children under 10 are not considered by the law to have reached an age where they can be held responsible for their crimes, and cannot be charged with any criminal offence.